We’ve seen a lot of new 3D printers come to the market and launched on Kickstarter this year, but many of them seem almost identical. Ben Reytblat’s 3DMonstr probably won’t be added to that list, due to its shear size. The smallest of its family has a 1 cubic foot build volume; the middle is 3.375 cubic feet and the largest is 8 cubic feet.
Ben has future proofed the 3DMonstr range. Him and his team built the printer out of industrial grade materials, that make it both sturdy and rigid. Two main parts make up the 3DMonstr, a gantry and a table bed. The gantry can be easily removed from the table bed to make the printer more portable.
Automatic calibration is becoming a standard on 3D printers and the 3DMonstr is no different. The X/Y axis never needs to be calibrated, even when you fold and unfold the printer. The bed will occasionally need leveling and the Z height is easy as homing the z axis and dropping the extruder to the glass.
The team have been working on extruder designs since November 2012 and they’ve finally perfected the art. Four extruders can be added to the 3DMonstr, making it relatively unique in the 3D printing market. The 3DMontr’s extruders weigh roughly half that of conventional extruders. A QuickMount release system holds the extruders in place and lets you easily swap them out.
“When the printer is fully populated with four extruders, you may use one material extruded through a fine nozzle for the perimeter, a larger diameter nozzle for the infill, an easily dissolved plastic for support scaffolding, and another material for special purposes (such as a different perimeter color or electrically conductive structures printed right in).” writes the team.
The three models are called the T-Rex-12 with a 12″x12x12″ (304 x 304 x 304 mm) build platform, the T-Rex 18 with a 8″x18x18″ (457 x 457 x 457 mm) build platform and the T-Rex-24 with a 24″x24x24″ (610 x 610 x 610 mm) build platform. All models will be able to achieve a print layer height of 40 microns and a speed of 110mm/s.
Prices start at $2,499, check it out on Kickstarter.